Beauty of Athirapally Falls
Athirappilly Falls is situated in Athirappilly panchayath in Thrissur district of Kerala, on the southwest coast of India. Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges, this 24-metre (80 ft) waterfall and the nearby Vazhachal Falls are popular tourist destinations. It is nicknamed “The Niagara of India”
The Athirappilly Falls is situated 1000 ft above sea level on the Chalakudy river, at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges of the Western Ghats, Athirappalli is a scenic combination of forests and little streams. Falling from a height of 80 feet, this is one of the largest waterfalls in the state. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen. The Western Ghats is one of the most important biodiversity hot spot in the world. This valuable natural world is already degraded by mining and hydro electric projects. Environmentalists claim that Athirapally is a one-of its-kind riparian ecosystem in Kerala
One must not miss a Golden chance of visiting Vazhachal Falls,just 5 KM above from Athirapally.It is the source for Athirapally Falls and the surroundings is a beauty with Hornbills and Macaques,if one is lucky.A drive from Athirapally to Walparai will take you thro’ one of the best Forests in South India,Sholayar Range,with Mists and Elephants entertain you all thro’!
God’s Natural Gifts are to be enjoyed and one must walk an Extra Mile for such Beauties!